Yes, I took a momentary break from pumpkin things but that is exactly what it was…momentary. In the weekend preceding my birthday, we had a wonderful ladies movie night at my Aunt/cousin’s house. It was the perfect kick off to my Birthday week and I was fortunate to not only have some family there, but I also had one of my best friends, DrSio, who drove up all the way from DC which was the best birthday gift ever!
For the occasion, I made those wonderfully delicious Apple Pie Bars and David Lebovitz’s Best Brownies, but I also added another newbie to the mix and made these tasty Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. The recipe is almost identical to a standard Pumpkin Cheesecake but in the much more party-friendly “bar” form.
I seem to have recently developed an inexplicable fondness to dessert in the bar form, but I guess that is a result of my innate desire to share everything. Although cookies are easily shareable and delicious, sometimes you need a change and bars become a perfect alternative because you can cut them, display them and did I mention, taste one? This ability to taste your product for bringing it to an event is lost when making cakes and pies because it would be slightly awkward to arrive with a slice missing…yeah, really awkward. However, when putting cakes, pies and cheesecake in the bar form, you are able to cut them before hand and remove them from their baking pan and sneak in a bite size tasty. Therefore, you no longer have to hope and pray that your dessert tastes as good as it looks. Crisis averted.
In summation, expect more dessert bars in the future. Lots more.
Adapted from: Betty Crocker
1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® oatmeal cookie mix
1/2 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine